Knowing Is Half the Battle! Understanding and Using Depth of Knowledge (DOK)
What exactly is depth of knowledge? How do Webb's DOK Levels designate the level of depth of knowledge demanded by standards, lessons, and assessments? Why is the DOK Wheel inaccurate? How could Webb's DOK Levels be used to tier instruction, intervention, and enrichment? In this presentation, you will learn how the depth of knowledge depends on the depth and extent students must demonstrate their learning in a certain context and how Webb's DOK Levels could be used as a multi-tiered system of support to establish the ceiling of assessment, develop and deliver instruction, respond to intervention, and provide opportunities for enrichment. You will also learn how DOK teaching and learning expectations and experiences are similar to television game shows such as Jeopardy! (DOK-1), instructional shows such as The Joy of Painting with Bob Ross (DOK-2), challenge shows such as Top Chef (DOK-3), and innovation shows such as Shark Tank (DOK-4).
Erik M. Francis, M.Ed., M.S. is an international author and presenter with over 20 years of experience working as a classroom teacher, a site administrator, an education program specialist with a state education agency, and a professional development trainer. He is the author of Now THAT'S a Good Question! How to Promote Cognitive Rigor Through Classroom Questioning published by ASCD. His book on teaching and learning for depth of knowledge will be published by Solution Tree International in 2021. Erik is also ranked as one of the World's Top 30 Education Professionals for 2019 (#13) and 2020 (#3) by the research organization Global Gurus. Erik is the owner of Maverik Education LLC, providing academic professional development and consultation to K-12 schools, colleges, and universities on developing learning environments and delivering educational experiences that challenge students to demonstrate higher order thinking and communicate depth of knowledge (DOK). His areas of expertise include teaching and learning for depth of knowledge (Webb’s DOK), higher level questioning and inquiry, authentic learning, differentiated instruction, personalized learning, and talent development.